BILLS OF INTEREST

JUC CAN (Community Action Network) tracked several bills in the Colorado Legislature that promote our UU values.

CELEBRATIONS (Bills that Passed):

* JUC CAN legislative Call to Action bills

HOUSING AND TENANT PROTECTION BILLS

*HB19-1118  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1118

Time Period to Cure Lease Violation

Extends the amount of time a renter has to pay rent before an eviction (from 3 to 10 days). If a landlord owns 5 or fewer single family rental homes, 5 days’ notice is required; for a nonresidential agreement or an employer-provided housing agreement, 3 days’ notice is required.

*HB19-1170  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1170

Residential Tenants Health and Safety Act

Provides process for enforcing the warranty of habitability, establishes timeframes for a landlord to commence repairs, and allows a renter to withhold rent if necessary. Makes it easier for a tenant to access relief through the courts and requires a landlord to address issues related to mold.

*HB19-1245  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1245

Affordable Housing Funding from Vendor Fee Changes

Creates a dedicated funding source for affordable housing. Modifies the state sales tax vendor fee, and some funds generated from these modifications are allocated for affordable housing. Appropriations to the Housing Development Grant Fund will be about $8 million in FY2019-20, $7 million in FY2020-21, and $48 million in FY2021-22. At least one-third of this revenue will be awarded to affordable housing projects directed towards households with incomes less than or equal to 30% of the area median household income.

*HB19-1309  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1309

Mobile Home Park Act Oversight

Creates protections for mobile home owners and establishes the Mobile Home Park Act Dispute Resolution and Enforcement Program and Fund. Gives counties and municipalities greater authority to enact certain ordinances for mobile home parks and gives mobile home owners additional time (10 days) between the notice of nonpayment of rent and eviction, and additional time (30 days, with the option of purchasing an additional 30 days) to vacate a mobile home park after a court-ordered eviction.

SB19-180  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-180

Eviction Legal Defense Fund

Creates the Eviction Legal Defense Fund and appropriates $750,000 for FY 2019-20 from the General Fund. Grants will be awarded to qualifying nonprofit organizations that provide legal advice, counseling, and representation to indigent clients facing or at risk of eviction.

HB19-1085  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1085

Grants for Property Tax Rent and Heat

Increases rebate amounts and eligible income requirements for a property tax and rent assistance rebate grant and a heat and fuel expenses rebate grant (PTC rebates), which are available to low-income older adults and people with disabilities. Increases the income-eligibility thresholds and grant amounts by 5%, indexed to increase with inflation. Expands eligibility to people living in nonprofit housing.

HB19-1106  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1106

Rental Application Fees

Prohibits a landlord from charging a rental application fee unless the entire amount of the fee is used to cover the landlord’s costs in processing the rental application. Requires that a landlord provide a written notice of denial stating the reasons for denial. Prohibits (1) consideration of rental and credit history beyond seven years, (2) consideration of any arrests that do not result in a conviction, and (3) consideration of criminal convictions older than five years, with some exceptions.

HB19-1228  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1228

Increase Tax Credit Allocation Affordable Housing

Doubles (from $5 million to $10 million) the amount of state affordable housing tax credits that the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) may allocate each year for tax years 2020 through 2024.

HB19-1319  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1319

Incentives Developers Facilitate Affordable Housing

Requires that most state agencies and institutions of higher education provide an inventory of all nondeveloped real property to the Capital Development Committee not later than October 15, 2019. This information will be included in an annual report published on the General Assembly website, with a link posted on the Division of Housing website.

HB19-1322  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1322

Expand Supply Affordable Housing

Requires that up to $30 million be transferred from the Unclaimed Property Trust Fund to the Housing Development Grant Fund to fund affordable housing throughout the state from FY 2020-21 through FY 2022-23.

HB19-1328  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1328

Landlord and Tenant Duties Regarding Bed Bugs

Requires tenants to promptly notify a landlord when a lessee knows or reasonably suspects that a rented residential unit contains bed bugs. A landlord must inspect the dwelling unit and any contiguous dwelling units not more than 96 hours after receiving notice. A landlord is responsible for all costs associated with mitigating bed bugs, with some exceptions.

MENTAL HEALTH AND EDUCATION BILLS

*SB 19-010  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-010

Professional Behavioral Health Services for Schools

Modifies the School Health Professionals Grant Program to increase the presence of school health professionals in schools, and to allow school health professionals to connect students with services provided by community-based organizations. Includes an appropriation of $3 million from the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund for FY 2019-20.

*HB19-1032  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1032

Comprehensive Human Sexuality Education

Makes changes to state law related to comprehensive human sexuality education instruction and the associated grant program. Adds definitions of consent and healthy relationships. If human sexuality instruction is offered, instruction must be comprehensive and meet the content requirements. Prohibits abstinence only teaching and use of shame-based or stigmatizing language or instructional tools, gender stereotypes, and exclusion of health needs of intersex individuals or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals.

*HB19-1269  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1269

Mental Health Parity Insurance Medicaid

Requires private health insurers and the state’s Medicaid plan to provide medically necessary coverage for behavioral, mental health, and substance use disorder services on par with the coverage for physical health services and to demonstrate compliance through new reporting requirements.

SB19-094  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-094

Extend School Finance Interim Committee

Reauthorizes and extends the Legislative Interim Committee on School Finance for one additional year to study school finance issues and make legislative recommendations concerning the funding of K-12 education in Colorado.

SB19-199  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-199

READ Act Implementation Measures

Makes several statutory changes to the Colorado Reading to Ensure Academic Development (READ) Act and its implementation. Directs the State Board of the Department of Education to promulgate rules for reporting the use of per pupil intervention dollars and requires schools and districts to identify and implement evidence-based curriculum designed around foundational reading skills.

SB19-246  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-246

Public School Finance

https://leg.colorado.gov/publications/school-finance-colorado-2019

Sets funding levels for Colorado’s 178 PreK-12 school districts. Total program funding for FY 2019-20 will be about $7.4 billion ($8,476 per pupil) in state and local funds. Reduces the budget stabilization (BS) factor by $100 million. Includes one-time appropriations of $22 million for special education programs for children with disabilities and $20 million for additional funding for rural schools. For Jeffco Public Schools with 80,796 students, the total program funding is $668.85 million ($8,278 per pupil funding).

HB19-1005  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1005

Income Tax Credit for Early Childhood Educators

Creates a state income tax credit for eligible early childhood educators that is tied to their credential level.

HB19-1013  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1013

Child Care Expenses Tax Credit Low-income Families

Extends existing state income tax credit for child care expenses made by low-income taxpayers through tax year 2028.

HB19-1017  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1017

Kindergarten through Fifth Grade Social and Emotional Health Act

Creates the K-5 Social and Emotional Health Pilot Program in up to 10 schools to determine the impact of dedicated school mental health professionals in K-5 in schools with high poverty and high-need students beginning in the 2020-21 school year. For FY2020-21, authorizes funding from the Marijuana Tax Cash Fund up to $2.5 million, with the remaining pilot program funding from gifts, grants, or private donations.

HB19-1024  http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1024

Colorado Youth Advisory Council Review Committee

Creates the Colorado Youth Advisory Council Review Committee comprised of five legislators and five youths from the Colorado Youth Advisory Council as an ongoing legislative interim committee. Committee may meet up to three times per interim and can recommend up to three bills per interim for introduction at the next regular session of the General Assembly.

HB19-1120  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1120

Youth Mental Health Education and Suicide Prevention

Requires that the Colorado Department of Education create and maintain a resource bank of program materials and curricula pertaining to mental health by July 1, 2020. Allows children between the ages of 12 and 14 years old to access psychotherapy services without initial parental consent (current law allows youth 15 and over to seek therapy without parental consent).

HB19-1171  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1171

Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act

Expands the School Lunch Protection Program to include lunches served to students in grades 9-12, and removes the specified range for the program’s annual appropriation.

HB19-1192  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1192

Inclusion of American Minorities in Teaching Civil Government

Requires that the curriculum in Colorado public schools include the history, culture and social contributions of minorities, including, but not limited to, American Indians, Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans, religious minorities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Also creates an advisory board.

HB19-1194  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1194

School Discipline for Preschool through Second Grade

Limits the circumstances in which a student in preschool through second grade can be suspended from school.

HB19-1262  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1262

State Funding for Full-day Kindergarten

Provides funding for full-day kindergarten. Prohibits school districts and charter schools from charging any fees for attending kindergarten that are not routinely charged for students enrolled in other grades. Authorizes $175 million to fund the programs for the 2019-20 school year and reallocates more than 5,000 early learning slots currently being used for kindergarten.

MISCELLANOUS BILLS

*HB19-1124  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1124

Protect Colorado Residents from Federal Government Overreach

Prohibits state and local law enforcement officials from arresting or detaining an individual on the basis of civil immigration detainer request and clarifies that law enforcement may assist federal authorities in the execution of a federal warrant or other federal criminal investigations. Prohibits a probation department officer or employee from providing personal information to federal immigration authorities.

*HB19-1210  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1210

Local Government Minimum Wage

Repeals the prohibition on local governments to enact a higher minimum wage than the state’s minimum wage (which will reach a maximum of $12/hour on Jan. 1, 2020). Allows a unit of local government to enact laws establishing a minimum wage within its jurisdiction.

*HB19-1257  http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/HB19-1257

Voter Approval to Retain Revenue for Ed & Transp

Refers Proposition CC to the voters at the statewide election on November 5, 2019.

Proposition CC: WITHOUT RAISING TAXES AND TO BETTER FUND PUBLIC SCHOOLS, HIGHER EDUCATION, AND ROADS, BRIDGES, AND TRANSIT, WITHIN A BALANCED BUDGET, MAY THE STATE KEEP AND SPEND ALL THE REVENUE IT ANNUALLY COLLECTS AFTER JUNE 30, 2019, BUT IS NOT CURRENTLY ALLOWED TO KEEP AND SPEND UNDER COLORADO LAW, WITH AN ANNUAL INDEPENDENT AUDIT TO SHOW HOW THE RETAINED REVENUES ARE SPENT? (see www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/elections/Initiatives/ballot/contacts/2019.html)

*HB19-1258  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1258

Allocate Voter-approved Revenue for Education & Transportation

Contingent on voters approving Proposition CC in November. Requires that one-third of the additional revenue be allocated to each of public schools, higher education, and transportation (roads, bridges and transit).

SB19-015  http://www.leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-015

Create Statewide Health Care Review Committee

Creates the Health Care Review Committee as a permanent interim committee of the General Assembly. Committee will study health care issues affecting Colorado residents and includes members of the legislative health committees.

SB19-085  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-085

Equal Pay for Equal Work Act

Modifies wage discrimination law and creates new provisions regarding transparency in wages and promotions. Prohibits employers from seeking wage rate history to determine wage rate for a prospective employee.

SB19-139  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-139

More Colorado Roads and Community Safety Act Offices

In 2013 the Colorado Legislature passed SB-251—Colorado Roads and Community Safety Act, which provided driver’s licenses to all Colorado residents, regardless of immigration status. This 2019 legislation expands the number of offices where people can apply for and receive a driver’s license to at least10 offices geographically distributed throughout the state.

SB19-207  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-207

FY 2019-20 Long Bill

The appropriations bill, often referred to as the “Long Bill,” is the Joint Budget Committee’s budget package for state fiscal year 2019-2020. The $30.5 billion state budget allocates $300 million to transportation and infrastructure, $175 million to full-day kindergarten, $121 million to higher education to keep tuition flat, and provides funding for a 3% pay increase for state employees.

HB19-1004  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1004

Proposal for Affordable Health Coverage Option

Requires the Division of Insurance in the Department of Regulatory Agencies to develop and submit a proposal concerning the design, costs, benefits, and implementation of a state option for health care coverage.

HB19-1176  http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/hb19-1176

Health Care Cost Savings Act of 2019

Creates the Health Care Cost Analysis Task Force to analyze and compare methods of financing health care in Colorado. Will consider current Colorado health care financing system, a multi-payer universal health care system, and a publicly financed and privately delivered universal health care system. Final report due September 1, 2021.

LAMENTS (bills that did not pass or changed substantially):

*SB19-188  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-188

FAMLI Family Medical Leave Insurance Program

As introduced, would have created an insurance program for Colorado workers to use paid leave to care for themselves and their families. As amended and passed, creates a task force and requires actuarial and third-party studies of the implementation of a paid family and medical leave program in the state. By January 8, 2020, the task force shall report its final recommendation on a paid family and medical leave program for all employees in Colorado.

SB19-225  https://leg.colorado.gov/bills/sb19-225

Authorize Local Governments to Stabilize Rent

Did not pass. Would have removed a state prohibition on local governments to enact laws that control rent on private residential real property or private residential housing units.

Legislative Information

Find My Legislator (https://leg.colorado.gov/findmylegislator) (for your current state Senator and Representative in the Colorado State Legislature)

Contact Information for all Legislators in the Colorado State Legislature (https://leg.colorado.gov/legislators)

List of Committees in the Colorado State Legislature (https://leg.colorado.gov/content/committees)

Find a Bill—Colorado General Assembly (https://leg.colorado.gov/bills)

2019 Legislature Summary Articles

Chalkbeat: Colorado lawmakers made big investments in public education — but few major policy changes (www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2019/05/05/colorados-2019-legislative-session-saw-big-investments-in-public-education-but-few-major-policy-changes/)

Chalkbeat: Kindergarten, reading, mental health: what Colorado lawmakers did for education in 2019 (www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2019/05/03/kindergarten-reading-mental-health-colorado-legislature-education-2019/)

Colorado Public Radio: Despite a Heated Legislative Session, Polis Walks Away With a Number of Policy Wins (www.cpr.org/news/story/despite-a-heated-legislative-session-polis-walks-away-with-a-number-of-policy-wins)

Colorado Public Radio: CPR Staff Chat: What Did Colorado Get (And Not Get) From Its Lawmakers This Year? www.cpr.org/news/story/cpr-chat-what-we-think-about-the-legislative-session

Colorado Sun: A look at how policies passed during Colorado’s 2019 legislative session will impact you (https://coloradosun.com/2019/05/07/colorado-legislative-session-2019-bills-passed-list/)

Colorado Sun: $120 million in requests and $40 million in the bank. How an obscure theory helped prioritize the Colorado budget (https://coloradosun.com/2019/05/28/quadratic-voting-colorado-house-budget/)

Denverite: Bills that became Colorado law this session could help people stay housed (https://denverite.com/2019/05/07/bills-that-became-colorado-law-this-session-could-help-people-stay-housed/)

Denver Post: Colorado Democrats deliver on major changes to health care, education and the environment in dramatic session (www.denverpost.com/2019/05/03/colorado-democrats-general-assembly/)

9News: What the Colorado legislature changed during their 2019 session (www.9news.com/article/news/what-the-colorado-legislature-changed-during-their-2019-session/73-58a8e189-345e-40a4-b2a0-a8ebfa0e9df5)

Articles about Housing / Tenant Protection

Colorado Center on Law & Policy: Facing eviction alone—A study of evictions, Denver, Colorado, 2014-2016 (https://cclponline.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Facing-Eviction-Alone-2017-Report_Final-1.pdf)

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies: 2018 Sunrise Review: Manufactured Housing Community Owners and Managers (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZztAczyFCIy759zak_aY4_hwqzcfuwey/view)

National Public Radio: First-Ever Evictions Database Shows: ‘We’re In the Middle of a Housing Crisis’ (www.npr.org/2018/04/12/601783346/first-ever-evictions-database-shows-were-in-the-middle-of-a-housing-crisis)

Articles about Mental Health / Education

Chalkbeat’s bill tracker for a full look at education legislation (www.chalkbeat.org/2019-bill-tracker/)

Colorado Sun: By law, mental health benefits are supposed to be as good as medical coverage. In practice, that’s not happening (https://coloradosun.com/2019/03/27/colorado-mental-health-parity/)

Colorado Sun: No Colorado school districts meet federal safety standards for behavioral health staffing, investigation shows (https://coloradosun.com/2019/04/12/colorado-school-districts-behavioral-health-staffing/)

Miscellaneous Articles

Colorado Sun: A breakdown of the 8 issues Colorado lawmakers will study before the 2020 legislative session (https://coloradosun.com/2019/05/29/colorado-lawmakers-interim-study-committees/)

Colorado Sun: Colorado lawmakers want to eliminate spending caps. Here’s how the TABOR overhaul would work (https://coloradosun.com/2019/03/20/colorado-lawmakers-want-to-eliminate-spending-caps-heres-how-the-tabor-overhaul-would-work/)

Washington Post: Female representation matters. Colorado’s legislature proves that. (www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/female-representation-matters-colorados-legislature-proves-that/2019/04/12/e79b5e0e-5c6e-11e9-a00e-050dc7b82693_story.html?utm_term=.4b8e74e44498)

University of Denver: Projected Economic Impacts of Paid Family Leave in Colorado  by Jennifer C. Greenfield et al. (https://socialwork.du.edu/sites/g/files/lmucqz281/files/2019-02/Paid-Family-Leave-Report.pdf)